My name is Elise Ferdon and this is my 2nd year at KCIA. Last year I was an ELL specialist and now I will be the Newcomer ELL Teacher for 4th grade. I am thrilled to be teaching with Brigitte Speicher! I graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and a Master’s Degree in Education. I’m licensed to teach grades 1-6 and K-12 English as a Second Language. Previously I have taught high school Newcomer ELL courses for five years at Guadalupe Centers High School. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, dancing, and taking care of the garden with my husband. I look forward to meeting my new students and the exciting year we have ahead!